Monday Murder: Beach Bummer

A bright beach

Note: Last time Encaf1 chose a medium mystery.

The Case:

Bonnie is found dead on a beach. Upon investigating a nearby motel room, police arrest Clyde, its occupant, for her murder. Among the incriminating evidence are a partially-used bottle of sleeping pills, white paint, and a brush.

The Mystery:

How was Bonnie murdered?

The Solution:

Bonnie and her husband Clyde were vacationing in Myrtle Beach while Bonnie participated in yet another beauty contest. The night before, while Bonnie was in for a facial, Clyde visited the motel bar. There he overheard the upcoming contest’s emcee reciting the names of the contestants who were trying to influence him with sexual favors. Near the top of the list was (you guessed it) Clyde’s wife, Bonnie!

Seething with anger, Clyde returned to the motel room with a tube of white acrylic paint and a bottle of #2 sunscreen. He then secretly painted a “0” after the “2” on the sunscreen’s label.

The next morning, before Bonnie left for her first sunbathing session on the beach, Clyde slipped three sleeping pills into her coffee. He then convinced her to use the “20” sunscreen “to protect her skin.” Bonnie drank the coffee, slathered on the sunscreen, and hit the beach, where she immediately fell fast asleep for several hours. Bonnie died of a third-degree sunburn – and Clyde took the heat.

Hint #1: Clyde took liberties with a label
Hint #2: Clyde was burned up at Bonnie; his revenge burned Bonnie up, too


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Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

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